Originally posted by ANOK
Maybe a little off topic but I thought this only happened in "communist" countries?
But obviously this kind of heavy handed state control did not end with "communism".
Maybe because they were never communist to begin with, and the state can be just as brutal under a capitalist economy as a "communist" one (State ownership and control is nationalism not communism, USSR was never communist).
The essence of the appeals is rather simple. The authors are satisfied with the criminal prosecution of "Pussy Riot" for mockery of holy things and insulting the religious feelings of Orthodox believers, but they are unhappy that those who cooperated with them during the course of the action itself have not been held criminally liable, as well as those who are supporting them now. Specifically, the authors maintain that there is an "intentional provocation aimed at inciting hatred toward Orthodoxy, bishops of the church, and all believers."
Elements of this "provocation" include actions of journalists who were working in the church at the time of the "Pussy Riot" protest in the church, videos spread on the Internet taken at the protest itself, texts of the songs, and "blasphemous photographs." Accordingly, the authors request an investigation of all these actions and holding them liable on article 282 of the Criminal Code, presumably for inciting hostility toward Orthodox believers.
Article 282. Incitement of National, Racial, or Religious Enmity
1. Actions aimed at the incitement of national, racial, or religious enmity, abasement of human dignity, and also propaganda of the exceptionality, superiority, or inferiority of individuals by reason of their attitude to religion, national, or racial affiliation, if these acts have been committed in public or with the use of mass media, shall be punishable by a fine in the amount of 500 to 800 minimum wages, or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of five to eight months, or by restraint of liberty for a term of up to three years, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of two to four years.
Putin told a meeting of top judges in his native St. Petersburg that he decided to sign the bill despite objections from his own human rights adviser, Mikhail Fedotov, who asked the president to veto it.
Participants in protests where public order is violated could now face fines of 300,000 roubles ($9,100) - more than the average annual salary and up from 1,000 roubles. The organizers of such rallies could be fined up to 1 million roubles.
Originally posted by flexy123
I haven't really followed this in the news, but the Russian "punk bank" Pussy Riot has just been sentenced to 2 years prison/labor camp in Russia.
Protests arose after the sentence - many in support of P.R. protesting the sentence have been arrested as well, for example known chess champion Garri Kasparov.
As i understood, what P.R. were doing was PROTESTING against former KGB member Russian "president" Putin and the orthodox Russian church.
What the scandal here is is the fact that the sentence is unexpected hard, those women also have little kids.
NO ONE came to physical harm even if their protest might certainly have "offended" someone.
What do we care, this is "in Russia"? You SHOULD care because it doesn't matter whether this is Russia, the US or somewhere in Europe. We live in a world where politics AND church are rotten to the core all over the globe - and it's an scandal when the few who have the courage to open their mouth and protest get such a hard prison sentence. Again, no one came to harm because of those protests - it's simply a scandal and shows the true face of Putin and the current state of Russia.edit on 17-8-2012 by flexy123 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I guess the "Communism isn't real and never has been real....don't believe your lying eyes' crowd is very strong here lately. Thats ....WAYYY off topic. err.. Yeah...
Originally posted by leosnake
absolute majority of the Russian population